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A Market under Threat: How the European Union could destroy the British Art Market

A Market under Threat: How the European Union could destroy the British Art Market

David Heathcoat-Amory MP -

A large and important British industry is under threat; not from competitive pressures, but from a hostile tax regime imposed by the European Union

A Selective or Comprehensive System: which works best? The Empirical Evidence

A Selective or Comprehensive System: which works best? The Empirical Evidence

John Marks -

Recently published GCSE results for England, Wales and Northern Ireland clearly show that the academic results achieved, on average, by pupils vary according to the kind of secondary school which they attend. In the language of the July 1997 Government White Paper, ‘standards’ and ‘structures’ are interdependent.

Britain’s Final Choice: Europe or America?

Britain’s Final Choice: Europe or America?

Conrad Black -

I want to thank the Centre for Policy Studies for this distinguished invitation. It would always be a privilege to speak to an organisation founded and inspired by Keith Joseph and Margaret Thatcher.

Electoral Reform: The Risks of Unintended Consequences

Electoral Reform: The Risks of Unintended Consequences

Nevil Johnson -

The Independent Commission on the Voting System is required by its terms of reference to observe four principle conditions. These are “broad proportionality” in any scheme proposed; “the need for stable government”; “an extension of voter choice”; and “the maintenance of a link between MPs and geographical constituencies”. It is highly unlikely that any voting scheme can at once and the same time meet all these criteria.

Federal Britain: No longer unthinkable?

Federal Britain: No longer unthinkable?

JOHN BARNES -

FEDERAL BRITAIN ARGUES THAT Tony Blair’s Government is destabilising the political and constitutional framework of the United Kingdom, by devolutionary shreds and patches.

Further Considerations on the EMU: It will create instability and destroy employment

Further Considerations on the EMU: It will create instability and destroy employment

Walter Eltis -

In the UK, a large number of banks and building societies compete to take deposits and to lend. In consequence any British company or family which can offer adequate security can obtain all the finance it requires at interest rates close to the rate the Bank of England establishes.

Left Home: the Myth of Tory Assentation’s in the Election of 1997

Left Home: the Myth of Tory Assentation’s in the Election of 1997

Tim Hames & Nick Sparrow -

The Conservative Party is about to undertake a comprehensive review of its philosophy and policies. That quest should be primarily shaped by considerations of intellectual integrity. It is, though, both inevitable and proper that matters of political calculation might conceivable enter the equation.

More Damage to the Family: A Response to the Government’s Consultation Paper

More Damage to the Family: A Response to the Government’s Consultation Paper

Patricia Morgan -

Will the proposals in this document do anything to reverse the disastrous decline and disintegration of family life? Is there a serious agenda to restore marriage? Or is this another “excess of rhetoric”?

Who do we think we are?

Who do we think we are?

David Willetts MP - Politics

Conservative MP for Havant and Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment, David Willets looks at how the Conservative Party has consistently characterised the nation.

One Year On: The 'new politics' and Labour

One Year On: The 'new politics' and Labour

David Selbourne - Politics

David Selbourne investigates the first twelve months of the 'new' Labour Government and the contradictions at the heart of their politics.

A Better Deal for London

A Better Deal for London

Jeffrey Archer - General

Jeffrey Archer looks at London, and argues that more investment should be going into the capital rather than using it to subsidise the rest of the UK.

Change and Tradition: Thinking creatively about the Constitution

Change and Tradition: Thinking creatively about the Constitution

Rt Hon William Hague MP - Constitution & Democracy

Conservative Party leader William Hague MP delivers a speech to the Centre for Policy Studies on Constitutional change and tradition.

Value for Money in LEA Schools

Value for Money in LEA Schools

John Marks - Public Services

It is generally agreed that, whatever other outcomes may be desirable for schools to foster – and there are many of them -, the standards achieved are the most important. It is also accepted that the funds available for education are finite – and that it is essential that what money is available is spent effectively.

Britain’s Place in the World: Time to Decide

Britain’s Place in the World: Time to Decide

Crispin Blunt MP - Foreign Policy

Britain’s relationship with Europe since 1945 has been an agony of compromise. An active British involvement in a European political identity was being considered as early as 1947-8 by Ernest Bevin with his short-lived flirtation with the notion of Britain leading a global ‘third force’. And, since 1961, successive governments have sought qualified involvement with ‘the European project’.

Blue Skies Ahead: Recapturing the Missing Generation

Blue Skies Ahead: Recapturing the Missing Generation

James Bethell, Simon Brocklebank-Fowler, Andrew Honnor and Andrew Reid -

There is a hole in the heart of the Conservative Party which has been torn wide open by the unprecedented general election defeat of May 1997 and Labour’s deft performance in office.